I think anybody should find this news surprising.
Courtesy of CNBC:
President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign violated the law by masking millions in spending, a nonprofit democracy group alleged in a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday.
The Campaign Legal Center said in the 81-page filing that the president’s reelection campaign and campaign committee hid $170 million in spending to major vendors as well as family members and associates by diverting the money through firms headed by Brad Parscale, who was replaced as campaign manager earlier this month, as well as other senior campaign officials.
The nonprofit alleged that the campaign effectively laundered money in order to hide payments to contractors and advisors, including the maker of a campaign app, as well as Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law, and Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former Fox News host who is dating the president’s son Donald Trump Jr.
“This scheme flies in the face of transparency requirements mandated by federal law, and it leaves voters and donors in the dark about where the campaign’s funds are actually going,” said Trevor Potter, a former Republican FEC chair and the president of the Campaign Legal Center.
Of course, the Trump campaign is laundering campaign donations to give to Trump friends and family members, this is how Trump organizations have functioned for decades.
Taking other people’s money and spending on superfluous things that only benefit Trump and his inner circle is exactly why the Trump family is forbidden from running charities in New York.
Of course, the Trump campaign will pay no penalty for this and it will only be added to the heap the scandalous news that we already know about Trump and his associates.